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Sea Kings top Tars, 33-6

Mini Battle of the Bay

CdM ground game, St. Geme's passing combine to overwhelm rival Newport Harbor.

September 22, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Scott Smeltzer…)

CORONA DEL MAR — A rabbit ran onto the Corona del Mar High football field in the second quarter of the freshman Battle of the Bay. The sideline official turned to CdM Coach Jerry Jelnick and suggested a play.

"Give that guy the ball," the referee said.

The joke cracked Jelnick's serious face. He smiled and the smile grew one play later when one of his players was as elusive as the rabbit on Thursday afternoon.

Max Chozen caught a pass over the middle and then raced to the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown. The Sea Kings were on their way to beating Newport Harbor for the first time under Jelnick's watch.

The Sea Kings won, 33-6, ending Newport Harbor's six-year reign in the Back Bay rivalry. Did Jelnick expect a rout? No, but his team is off to a rousing 4-0 start.

"Any time we play those guys, it's a tough game," Jelnick said.

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What is tough about the Sailors nowadays is their start to the year. They're winless through three games.

Three turnovers and a sporadic offense hurt Newport Harbor's chance of making it a game against CdM.

"They physically beat us up. That was a little disappointing," Newport Harbor Coach Joe Urban said. "But, you know, there's seven more weeks to go. We've got to fix this thing."

Stopping the running game is one area the Sailors have to work on.

The Sea Kings recorded 240 yards on the ground.

Leading the way was Hugh Crance, who took over the workload in the second half, finishing with 161 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.

Crance's touches went up after Jelnick said starting tailback Barrett Barbato cramped up in the third quarter. Jelnick said Barbato, who rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries, has a little more speed than Crance.

Crance can still break off a long run. His third touchdown came on a 37-yard run to the left late in the game.

The credit, Crance gave it to his fullback, Cole Martin, and offensive line.

Matt Flores, Justin Hess, Zennon Richardson, Collin Redman and Jack Pagliasotti opened up holes for both Crance and Barbato. When Newport Harbor stacked the box, CdM went to the air.

Quarterback Bo St. Geme made the Sailors pay.

St. Geme only threw eight times, but seven of those passes he completed for 175 yards. He attempted only one pass in the second half, a 35-yard hook up with Chozen, which set up the offense in the red zone.

Jelnick might want to let St. Geme throw a little more.

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